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Getting Involved with Volunteering in Emporia

Learn about volunteerism in a cultural context

Getting Involved with Volunteering in Emporia (GIVE)

The purpose of GIVE is to provide an opportunity for both domestic and international students to learn about volunteerism and culture in an active, hands-on environment.

GIVE encourages students to live a more balanced lifestyle that blends school work with student involvement, while providing a support system to make an ideal experience for personal growth. Students who participate in the GIVE program are able to broaden their engagement with the campus and develop awareness and a personal concept of community service.

How GIVE Students Serve

  • Poverty
  • Homelessness and hunger
  • Child and youth development
  • Senior citizens
  • Drug abuse prevention
  • Literacy
  • Environment
  • Women’s rights and safety

GIVE has participated in numerous major events such as the United Way Day of Caring, Neighborhood Clean-Up, Storm Drain Painting, the Camp Alexander Haunted Trail, Read to Your Bunny, Ronald McDonald House Charities Pull Tab Project and Rec Xtra After School Program.

The program is modified every semester to include new events and lessons at each meeting. GIVE students help select which projects the program will participate in, and organization representatives are often invited to introduce their service events so students learn the importance of volunteering for a cause. Although GIVE provides volunteer projects, students are encouraged to explore service projects on their own that apply to their individual interests. The GIVE coordinator is always happy to help students find volunteer opportunities.